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Fernworthy Circle

Hob Uid: 443854
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Dartmoor Forest
Grid Ref : SX6548084110
Summary : Bronze Age stone circle in a clearing in Fernworthy Forest. The circle is 19.3m in diameter, although a slight kink in the North side reduces the diameter at that point to 18.6m. 29 stones are visible. The stone row SX 68 SE 56 lies tangentially to the circle, other contemporary sites are also in the area. Scheduled.
More information : (SX 65488412) Fernworthy Circle (NAT) Stone Circle (NR). (1)

Fernworthy stone circle is 64 1/2 feet in internal diameter and is
very nearly complete, with 26 stones standing and only four missing.
The circle was examined in 1898 but no finds were made except charcoal on the surface of the 'growan'. No trace of any burials. (2)

Diameter 19.5., the circle now comprises 27 stones, the largest being 1.1m high. (3)

Not visible on AP's. (4)

SX 64108320. This cairn is situated in a shallow natural depresion on a gentle S-facing slope at 475m OD. The area has been extensively disturbed by peat cutting activity.

It is a turf-covered stony mound 5m in diameter and a maximum 0.5m high. There is no evidence of a kerb or excavation pit. (5)

Centred SX 65488412 in a clearing in Fernworthy Forest is a stone circle currently containing 29 stones (excluding trigger stones). It has an internal diameter of 19.3m (N to S) by 18.6m and is circular for all but an inward-turning kink in the N edge.
The stones average between 0.6m and 0.5m tall, although they are generally larger in the S side, being up to 1.1m tall. Two stones not depicted by Butler (7) or Worth (2) visible in the S edge nearly flush with the ground.
Around the stones in the SE, SW and NW areas of the circle are substantial erosion hollows with channels leading away under the adjacent trees. Inside the circle are a number of amorphous hollows, mounds and scarps which are probably associated with the excavation work of 1897 which found little except for charcoal over the surface of the bedrock. (6)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Dartmoor 1953 223-4 (R Hansford Worth)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Ancient Monuments in Forestry Commission Land Dartmoor 1976 Mss (J Turner)
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Source Number : 6
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Chapman H 01-JUN-1995 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Butler J 1991 Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities Vol 2 - The North
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Source Number : 8
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 24-Jul-98
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Source : Fernworthy stone row and circle/pencil survey
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Source : Fernworthy/ink survey
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Source : SX 68 SE 1-6, 44-47, 49-50, 55-59, 66-67, 89-93
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Stone Circle
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 593
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 28672
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 68 SE 56
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 443856
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 443853
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 443857
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 443898
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 443855
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : DARTMOOR ROYAL FOREST PROJECT
Activity type : FIELD SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-06-01
End Date : 1996-06-01